Sunday, July 5, 2015

Men at Work

 The men in our family have all missed their calling. They should start a catering business.  #2 Son has a way with veggies.

 #1 Son is the master of meats and all things grilled.

Son in Law is an accomplished pastry chef. The ladies never have to lift a finger to get food on the table around here on the holidays.

 Our Star Spangled Baby decided to stay put for the 4th. Mom to be is ready. Really ready.

 The soon to be big brother could care less. He just wants his trains.

This is Alexa. She is #1 Son's new toy. I love her. On voice command she can give news, weather and traffic reports. She can play any music you subscribe to and read your Audible books to you. She is Amazon's new baby and I love her. I want one. As soon as they are back in stock, Alexa's twin sister will be sitting on my counter, too.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th from De Ronde van Frankrijk!

De Ronde van Frankrijk. That's how you say the Tour de France in Dutch. They are starting off in the city of Utrecht, in the Netherlands, with an individual time trail today. I'm ready. At the last minute, I managed to finish the Jacob for my in-progress vest and to get some leftover Merino singles plied.

 I needed to free up some bobbins.. I'll have all three wheels going so I'll need them all eventually.

 I still have a couple of old things that need of be finished. This is the second bobbin of the mystery braid I started a few weeks ago. From looking at my Etsy account, I did discover it's actually Punta wool, whatever that is. I hope to make short work of it so I can move on.

This is a very old project I hope to finish in the 3,360 kilometres the riders will cover. On July 26th the riders that are left will be heading into Paris and I, hopefully will be adding a new skein or two to the already too full handspun bin.

The soap bin is also overflowing but I couldn't resist making something for the holiday.

They smell like apple pie. Mmmmm. We won't be having any pie today but I do have a watermelon waiting.
Gelukkig (Happy) 4th!

Friday, July 3, 2015

A Fleecy Finish

Peanut, whoever you are, I hardly got to know you.

My Texel X fleece from a little sheep apparently named Peanut is all washed. This is the last of it.

I don't think I ever finished my MDSW fleece before the TdF.

 It was only four pounds-but still, that's a lot of wool.

There's still plenty of other fleeces in the shed but I'm hanging up the washing bags for now. I've got a lot of carding to do.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Daddio Update

Daddio isn't able to sew anymore but he has quite a bit left to finish up.

 His Double Wedding Ring in gorgeous tropical batiks was always a favorite of mine. Now that I have reclaimed my sewing room from all the costume projects, I've been working on appliqueing it down.

 I'm not sure what he intended this to be but I'm having fun with it.

 I've always wanted to try some big stitch hand quilting and it seemed like a perfect fit.

 He was also working on a quilt for a great grandson. It needs to be backed and then stitched in the ditch. I'm on it-when I can find a spare minute, which isn't too often these days.

Finally, his super wonky Christmas quilt is ready to have its borders and backing put on. I'm going to have fun machine quilting this one. You can't hurt it.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


 I hope July isn't as hot and and miserable as June was.

In spite of being stuck inside from all the miserable weather, June didn't get very far.

Only two squares until fall. Do you realize how close we are to Christmas again? Wasn't that just yesterday?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Oops...I had said earlier these were Regia but they are actually Opal
 I've got two more pairs of socks to keep my tootsies warm this winter.

Wandering Cat-Barn Cat in Ride With the Moon colorway
They are both such happy socks. I need more happy socks in the sock drawer especially if this winter is anything like the last two. Brrrr........

Monday, June 29, 2015

Star Spangled Mug Shot

 Everything's been fixed and clipped. In spite of my best effort, I still had a few puckers that had to be exorcised.

 The back had to be pieced since I still haven't figured out how to measure backing before I order the material.

Now to put it in the wash and pack it up carefully so no kitty kooties can climb aboard.